Arsenal found solace in Gabriel Jesus’ stellar performance as they secured a crucial win in the Premier League, triumphing over Brighton & Hove Albion with a 2-0 scoreline at the Emirates Stadium. Following their disheartening defeat against Aston Villa, Mikel Arteta’s squad displayed a commanding display to make a strong comeback.
In the 53rd minute, Jesus made a significant breakthrough by nodding in a corner, propelling Arsenal to take the lead. Throughout the match, the team consistently generated numerous opportunities to score goals, yet it was not until the 87th minute that Kai Havertz sealed the triumph with a splendid finish. In spite of Arsenal’s dominance, their inefficiency in front of the net almost came back to haunt them. Pascal Gross had a perfect opportunity to score for Brighton, but unbelievably, he missed from a mere five yards away. Thankfully for Arsenal, Havertz’s goal alleviated the pressure and ensured the acquisition of three points.
This triumph holds particular significance for Arsenal since it signifies their first win against Brighton at home in four matches, following three consecutive defeats in previous encounters. Moreover, this victory propelled them two points ahead of Liverpool, securing the top spot in the table. However, Liverpool had an opportunity to regain their position in their match against Manchester United later that day. However, Brighton’s lack of ability to score resulted in them failing to find the back of the net in a Premier League game for the first time this season. Currently, they occupy the ninth position in the league with a total of 26 points from 17 matches.
The title of the best player of the match was given to Declan Rice from Arsenal. Rice displayed his exceptional skills in the midfield and played a crucial role in his team’s energetic performance. Although he was unfortunate not to score in the latter half of the game, he consistently showcased his class and brilliance throughout the match.
Here are the ratings for the players of both teams: Arsenal’s lineup consisted of Raya performing at a level of 6, White at a level of 7, Saliba at a level of 7, Gabriel at a level of 7, Zinchenko at a level of 7, Rice at a level of 9, Odegaard at a level of 8, Havertz at a level of 7, Saka at a level of 7, Martinelli at a level of 7, and Jesus at a level of 8. The substitutes included Smith Rowe at a level of 6, Nketiah at a level of 6, Kiwior at a level of 6, Trossard at a level of 6, and Nelson at a level of 6.
On the other hand, Brighton’s team featured Verbruggen performing at a level of 8, Veltman at a level of 6, Van Hecke at a level of 7, Dunk at a level of 8, Milner at a level of 6, Gilmour at a level of 6, Gross at a level of 6, Adingra at a level of 6, Lallana at a level of 6, Mitoma at a level of 6, and Ferguson at a level of 6. Substitutes: Joao Pedro with a rating of 6, Welbeck with a rating of 6, Buonanotte with a rating of 6, Hinshelwood with a rating of 6, and Igor Julio with a rating of 6.
Now, let’s review the key moments of the match:
– At the 15-minute mark, Arsenal maintained their attacking pressure with Saka’s shot being blocked and Odegaard narrowly missing the target with his attempt.
– In the 33rd minute, Arsenal had a fantastic opportunity to score when Odegaard played an exceptional pass to Saka, who then delivered a cross that was unfortunately lifted over the crossbar by Martinelli. – Gabriel Jesus made a crucial breakthrough for his team in the 54th minute by scoring a header from a corner taken by Saka, exploiting Brighton’s weak defense.
– Brighton missed a golden opportunity to level the score in the 84th minute when Mitoma delivered a cross to Gross, who unfortunately failed to guide the ball into the goal.
– Havertz ensured Arsenal’s triumph in the 87th minute by sprinting towards the goal and skillfully chipping the ball over the goalkeeper, granting his team a comfortable 2-0 advantage.